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Nigerian Govt, Doctors To Meet On Hazard Allowance

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Nigerian govt, doctors to meet on hazard allowance next week

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said on Wednesday the Federal Government and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) would continue their negotiations on the proposed new hazard allowance for doctors working in government-owned hospitals next week.

The minister, according to a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Charles Akpan, stated this at a meeting of the Presidential Committee on Salaries with the leadership of NMA and its affiliates in Abuja.

He recalled that discussion on hazard allowance began with all the health workers in March but along the line, the NMA disagreed on fundamental principles of negotiation with the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

He appealed to the NMA and JOHESU to sheath their swords and allow the conclusion of the discussion before the end of September.

Ngige said: “If we conclude the discussion, it is to the health workers’ advantage because it has to be captured in the 2022 budget. The government will also look at its purse and if there is money, the President will sign and it will be a win-win situation for all of us.

“Last week, we discussed this with JOHESU. We had a fruitful discussion. It is in that spirit that I am asking you that this should be fruitful so that we can rest the issue of N5,000 hazard allowance.

“In 2020, it was not the NMA and JOHESU who informed the government. It was by our own volition that we invited both sides to the meeting where we handed over special COVID-19 allowances to medical, dental workers, and other allied health workers and we did it seamlessly.

‘I don’t know whether it was because of the fear of COVID-19 that you worked together. Today, the divide is there. Having read the altercation between the NMA and JOHESU, which is in the media, we can’t believe that both of you are managing one patient.

“We are appealing to NMA and JOHESU, let us unite and see how we can navigate this thing. This is the COVID-19 period. Stop this dichotomy between the two bodies. Both of you are managing one patient. It is teamwork. Nobody can do it alone.”

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12 State Governors Owing Us, Health Workers Cry Out

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria MHWUN, has cried out that governors of 12 states of Nigeria are unfair to their members by owing them several years of salary arrears and also failed to standardise their payments .

The medical body noted that the worst of it all is that these governors have failed to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage that has become a law in the country.

They said the governors have subjected them to harrowing life.

The MHWUN National Vice President , Femi Adebisi stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital at the weekend during the 2022 international youth day organized by the South West leadership of the union, under the theme , ‘Intergenerational solidarity : creating a world for all ages.’

Adebisi said the welfare of health workers remains the only recipe to the recurrent brain drain crippling the health sector.

He however, did not identify the affected 12 states.

“We have nothing less than 12 states that are owing health workers their entitlements.We are engaging them as a union and we are hoping the governors and everyone concern will do the needful soon”, he stated.

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Pay Hazard Allowance To Health Workers, NLC Urges F.G

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Wabba, has urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the payment of hazard allowance to health workers in the country.

Wabba made the call at the 2022 annual Federal Capital Territory Nurses Week/Scientific Workshop of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives on Thursday in Abuja.

At the workshop with the theme, “Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health,” Wabba said the allowance has been reviewed but payment is yet to begin.

“Many health workers have fallen victim to diseases in taking care of patients. I salute the nurses and Midwives, your reward is not only in heaven but here on earth. I urge you to learn so you can discharge quality healthcare service to Nigerians.

“The payment of hazard allowance will boost the morale of our health workers in the country”, he added.

 

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 10 In Gombe

Gombe state government has declared an outbreak of cholera after ten deaths were recorded across the state.

This was made public by Habu Dahiru, Gombe commissioner for health,  on Thursday.

Dahiru, who was represented by Abdulrahman Shuaibu, executive secretary of the Gombe Primary Health Care Development Agency, said as of September 20, 236 cases of cholera had been recorded in the state.

“This year, from June, we had sporadic cases of cholera in Balanga LGA and because of the preparedness and prompt response; it has been largely subdued without escalation,” he said.

These outbreaks are recorded in eight wards across Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe LGA of the state.

“The state ministry of health has promptly initiated public health actions for prevention and control of the disease.

“As of September 20, there was an increase in the number of cases in Gombe state as 236 cases have been listed so far.”

The commissioner said increased downpour of rain and flooding in many parts of the state led to the cholera outbreak.

He said decontamination of wells and boreholes in affected communities would be carried out and distribution of water treatment tablets in all affected communities would be conducted.

 

 

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